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Cabinet condoles sad demise of MoS Railways Suresh C. Angadi

Cabinet also observed silence for two minutes in the memory of Suresh C. Angadi. In its resolution, the cabinet said that “The Cabinet expresses profound sorrow at the sad demise of Shri Suresh C. Angadi, Union Minister of State for Railways on 23rd September, 2020 at New Delhi. In his passing away, the nation has lost an eminent leader, an ... Read More »

Samsung Partners with Flipkart to Launch Galaxy F Series in India

  Samsung, India’s most trusted smartphone brand, today announced a partnership with Flipkart, India’s homegrown e-commerce platform, to address growing demands of aspiring young consumers in the country. Galaxy F Series is built on Flipkart’s deep consumer understanding and Samsung’s innovation prowess, the collaboration between the two companies will bring consumer delight during the festive season and the much-awaited Big ... Read More »

[Video] What Led Samsung to Release Galaxy S20 FE

At its Galaxy Unpacked for Every Fan event on September 23, Samsung introduced its latest Galaxy device: Galaxy S20 FE, designed to bring the premium experience of Galaxy S20 to more people.   With Galaxy fans’ most loved features, Galaxy S20 FE offers a fun and colorful design at an accessible price point.   To learn more about Galaxy S20 ... Read More »

Last rites of MoS Railways Suresh Angadi to be held today

Suresh Angadi had passed away on Wednesday night. Due to his  demise, it was decided that the national flag will be flown half mast today in all Government offices in Delhi. President, Vice President, Prime Minister and Union Cabinet expressed condolences at the demise of the minister. Suresh Angadi represented Belagavi Lok Sabha constituency for four times. Read More »

PM Modi, Sri Lankan PM to hold virtual Bilateral Summit on September 26

The Virtual Bilateral Summit will give an opportunity to the two leaders to comprehensively review the broad framework of the bilateral relationship soon after the Parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka and in the context of the time-tested friendly ties between the two countries. Responding to a tweet by Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, PM Modi said that he is ... Read More »

PM Modi interacts with fitness influencers on one-year of Fit India Movement

The online interaction saw participants sharing anecdotes and tips of their own fitness journey while drawing out guidance from the Prime Minister on his thoughts about fitness and good health. Among those who participated ranged from Virat Kohli to Milind Soman to Rujuta Diwekar in addition to other fitness influencers. In times of Covid-19, fitness has become an even more important ... Read More »

Mumbai gets some respite from heavy rainfall

Suburban services of the Western and the Central Railways in Mumbai resumed its services in the evening. Chief public relations officer, Western Railway Sumit Thakur, said its suburban special services were fully restored between Churchgate and Bandra around 5pm.   Chief public relations officer of Central Railway Shivaji Sutar,  said suburban services between Dadar-Thane were resumed after water on the ... Read More »

“Nothing to hide” – Tour de France team leader Quintana denies doping

Quintana, 30, leader of the Arkea-Samsic team and winner of the 2014 Giro d’Italia, said no drugs were discovered during the investigation. “No doping substance has ever been found,” Quintana said in a statement. “I have nothing to hide and have never had anything to hide.” Police detained two people from the Arkea-Samsic team on Monday, with press reports saying they ... Read More »

President Ram Nath Kovind confers NSS Awards for 2018-19

The NSS Award for the year 2018-19 was given to 42 awardees in three different categories like University, NSS Units and their Programme Officers and NSS Volunteers. Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju attended the ceremony from Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.  Department of Youth Affairs confers the National Service Scheme Award every year to recognize and reward outstanding contributions ... Read More »

India aims to end tuberculosis by 2025: Health Minister at UN

Dr. Harsh Vardhan said this while addressing Ministers of Member Nations of WHO, Heads and Representatives of UN Agencies through virtual interaction on Thursday. He spoke on India’s role and contribution towards strengthening multisectoral action and progress towards ending TB, especially in context of the COVID-19 crisis.   The Minister added that Tuberculosis has been in existence since time immemorial ... Read More »

President Ram Nath Kovind to confer NSS Awards for 2018-19 today

The NSS Award for the year 2018-19 will be given to 42 awardees in three different categories like University, NSS Units and their Programme Officers and NSS Volunteers. Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju will attend the ceremony from Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.   All India Radio, Delhi in coordination with News Services Division will broadcast live the ... Read More »

Department of Biotechnology launches Programme for “Strengthening Clinical Trial Research Capacity in Neighbouring Countries”

The Department of Biotechnology, Government of India through the Ind-CEPI mission (India Centric Epidemic Preparedness)for Rapid Vaccine Development and Supporting Indian Vaccine Development which is aligned with the Global Initiative of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), aims to strengthen the development of vaccines and associated competencies/technologies for the diseases of epidemic potential in India. One of the key focus areas ... Read More »

Honoured to be part of Honourable PM’s Fit India Dialogue: Virat Kohli

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will be interacting online with renowned fitness influencers at the Fit India Dialogue on September 24 at 12 noon. Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Kiren Rijiju will also be present at the event. The influencers, who will share their thoughts on fitness and health, include India cricket team skipper  Virat Kohli, Fitness ... Read More »

Radha Mohan Singh Distributes Electric Chaak to 150 Kumhar Families in Bihar under KVIC’s Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana

In a major step towards creating sustainable self-employment, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) today distributed electric potter wheels (chaak) to 150 potter families in East Champaran district in Bihar. Member of Parliament and former Union Agriculture Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh distributed electric chaak and other equipment like blunger machines and pug mills to the potters in presence of ... Read More »

OPD services under Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi (RAN) and Ayushman Bharat Yojana (ABY)

Government is implementing Umbrella Scheme of Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi (RAN) to provide financial assistance for treatment of poor patients suffering from life threatening disease undergoing treatment in Government hospitals. Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) provides health cover of Rs. 5 lakh per family per annum for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization to poor and vulnerable families identified as ... Read More »

Benefits to Healthcare Workers- Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package

An additional incentive of Rs. 1000/- per month is being paid to ASHAs in view of their significant contribution towards COVID-19 pandemic related work. Besides this, States/UTs have been asked to ensure provision of safety measures like masks and sanitizers for ASHAs. Further, the State/UT Governments have also been given flexibility to provide incentive to health workers and staff engaged ... Read More »

Central Pollution Control Board celebrates its 46th Foundation Day; pledges to provide technical leadership for more science-based environmental management.

Union Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change ,Sh. Babul Supriyo today said, people and governments need to share the responsibility and work together to keep the air clean. Speaking at the webinar to commemorate 46th Year of Establishment of Central Pollution Control Board, he said, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has been doing a remarkable work ... Read More »

Antarctica to lift sea-levels by metres per degree of warming: Study

These devastating increases in the global waterline — enough to cripple coastal cities from Mumbai to Miami and displace hundreds of millions of people — would unfold over hundreds to thousands of years. But the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that could guarantee such an outcome are on track to occur on a timescale measured in decades, they reported in the ... Read More »

Department of Justice releases first e-edition of success stories on Tele-law programme titled ” Reaching the unreached – Voices of the Beneficiaries”

To commemorate the journey of it’s Tele-Law programme, union Department of Justice has released its first booklet “Tele-Law – Reaching the Unreached, “Voices of the beneficiaries” that is a captivating readable collection of the real life stories of the beneficiaries and assistance received under the Tele-Law programme to resolve disputes that affects their day to day to living. Currently encompassing ... Read More »

Tech giants strike a deal with advertisers over hate speech

The agreement — which also includes Twitter and YouTube — lays out for the first time a common set of definitions for hateful posts. Facebook and others have long grappled with how to purge toxic content from online platforms while fending off accusations they stifle free expression in the process. In July, hundreds of brands suspended advertising at Facebook as ... Read More »

India maintains trend of High Recoveries

With its focussed strategies and effective, coordinated and proactive measures, India is reporting steep increase in recoveries. New recoveries in India have exceeded the new cases for the fifth consecutive day. 89,746 recoveries have been registered in the last 24 hours in the country, whereas the number of new confirmed cases stands at 83,347. With this, the total number of recoveries are ... Read More »

Benefits of Agricultural Schemes to Farmers

Agriculture is a State Subject. Government of India facilitates the State Governments through many Centrally Sponsored and Central Sector Schemes to increase production, to reduce cost of cultivation like Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY), Soil Health Card Scheme, Sub Mission on Agricultural Mechanisation etc. A statement showing the amount of budget allocated and amount spent thereon during the last ... Read More »

Land Use Statistics, the state wise details of net irrigated area in the country

As per the Land Use Statistics, the state wise details of net irrigated area in the country from 2013-14 to 2015-16 (latest available), is at Annexure-I.   Programmes pertaining to irrigation of agricultural land are planned, funded, executed and maintained by the State Governments themselves as per their own resources and priorities. To supplement their efforts and to encourage sustainable development ... Read More »

Startups in Agriculture Sector has launched a new component Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana

Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare (DAC&FW) has launched a new component called “Innovation and Agri-Entrepreneurship Development”  under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY-RAFTAAR) in 2018-19 with objective to promote innovation and agripreneurship by providing financial support and nurturing the incubation ecosystem. Start-ups are being encouraged in order to contribute directly and indirectly to enhancing the income of farmers by providing opportunities ... Read More »

Production Cost and MSP of Various Crops

The details of percentage increase of cost of production and Minimum Support Price (MSP) of mandated kharif and rabi crops from 2016 to 2020 are given at Annexure I. National Commission on Farmers (NCF) headed by Dr. M.S. Swaminathan had recommended that the Minimum Support Price (MSP) should be at least 50 percent more than the weighted average cost of production. ... Read More »

Cold Storage Facilities in the Country

As per available information, there are 8186 number of cold storages with capacity of 374.25 Lakh MT is available in the country for storing perishable horticulture produce like fruits and vegetables. State/UT wise details of cold storage is at Annexure – I.   The information regarding capacity utilization, real time data regarding availability, cost etc on cold storage facilities for farmers ... Read More »

An Indian study by JNCASR of Department of Science & Technology finds place among major breakthroughs in ecology and evolution counted from ‘Origin of Species’

Indian researchers have contributed to one of sixty-five major breakthroughs in ecology and evolution over the last 160 years, counted from Charles Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’ in 1859. A study in 2003 from the Evolutionary & Organismal Biology Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), an autonomous institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), ... Read More »

AICTE approves inclusion of Geospatial as a subject in GATE and NET exam

Students competing for the popular National Eligibility Test (NET) for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and lectureship in Indian universities and colleges, including IITs and NITs and Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) for JRF in CSIR laboratories, can now opt for Geospatial as a subject. The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has approved for the inclusion of Geospatial subject ... Read More »

Reduction in Tobacco usage

Several steps have been taken by the Government to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use. Some of the major steps are as under; The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has enacted a comprehensive legislation, namely the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003 (COTPA 2003) to ... Read More »

Dr. Harsh Vardhan chairs Aarogya Manthan on 2nd Anniversary of Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana

Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare chaired ‘Aarogya Manthan’ 2.0 celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) in the presence of Sh. Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare. Lauding AB-PMJAY as a ‘historic step’, Dr. Harsh Vardhan noted, “As the world’s largest public-supported health assurance scheme, ... Read More »

Mike Pompeo accuses China of fomenting US racial unrest

Pompeo went on to attack Beijing in an unusual address to state lawmakers in Wisconsin, a crucial swing state in November’s presidential election. The Chinese Communist Party “thinks it can drown out American cries for accountability with shouts of racism,” Pompeo told lawmakers from his Republican Party inside the state Capitol in Madison. “The CCP wants to foment the kind of ... Read More »

State-wise number of nursing colleges functional in the country

State-wise number of nursing colleges functional in the country is at Annexure – I. Health being a State Subject, opening of new nursing colleges falls under the purview of the respective State Governments However, 129 proposals have been received in Indian Nursing Council from States/UTs under Section 13 and 14 of INC Act for opening of B.Sc. (Nursing) programme across ... Read More »

Raksha Mantri to inaugurate 43 bridges across seven states and UTs

Out of these 43 bridges, 10 are in Jammu and Kashmir, two in Himachal Pradesh, eight each in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh and four each in Sikkim and Punjab. RM will also lay the foundation stone for the Nechiphu tunnel on a key road to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.   Most of the 43 bridges, including seven in Ladakh, are ... Read More »

Toyota Kirloskar Motor launches its much-awaited compact SUV in India, the all-new Toyota Urban Cruiser

Udaipur. Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) today launched its youngest SUV, the all-new Toyota Urban Cruiser to fortify its offerings in the segment and further cater to its growing number of young customers. The Toyota Urban Cruiser is the second model to be launched in India under the global Toyota-Suzuki alliance following the emphatic success of the premium hatchback, the Toyota ... Read More »

Flipkart partners with Max Fashion to bring affordable high-quality fashion to Indian consumers

Udaipur : Flipkart, India’s homegrown marketplace has partnered with Max Fashion, the retailer known for its strong presence across various fashion verticals. This partnership assumes significance, as India prepares for the upcoming festive season and Flipkart prepares for its annual Big Billion Days, focusing on bringing India’s best fashion brands and collaborating with them to bring the best styles for Indian ... Read More »

Fresh protests in Belarus as Lukashenko’s inauguration triggers criticism

Several thousand protesters, many carrying the red-and white opposition flag, took to the streets of the capital Minsk and other cities following a surprise announcement that Lukashenko had been sworn into a sixth term in office following disputed elections in August. Clashes between masked riot police and protesters broke out in Minsk, with the Viasna rights group saying that more ... Read More »

UN and Britain to co-host climate summit on December 12 this year

The announcement came days after Chinese President Xi Jinping told the UN that the world’s largest greenhouse gas polluter would peak emissions in 2030 and attempt to go carbon neutral by 2060, a move hailed by environmentalists. “We have champions and solutions all around us, in every city, corporation and country,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. “But the climate emergency ... Read More »

PM Modi to interact with fitness influencers on one-year of Fit India Movement

The online interaction will see participants sharing anecdotes and tips of their own fitness journey while drawing out guidance from the Prime Minister on his thoughts about fitness and good health. Among those who will participate range from Virat Kohli to Milind Soman to Rujuta Diwekar in addition to other fitness influencers. In times of Covid-19, fitness has become an ... Read More »

Hindustan Zinc commits to CEO Water Mandate

Udaipur : Securing water assets is of utmost importance to Hindustan Zinc and integral to its commitment towards sustainable development. The company understands the social, financial and ecological value of water and intend to adopt best practices for making cautious use of water and conserve it. Going with this philosophy, HZL has endorsed the commitment of water stewardship through the ... Read More »

PM Modi reviews COVID-19 response & management of 7 high focus states

The Prime Minister today chaired a meeting to review COVID preparedness and response with Chief Ministers and other dignitaries of seven states. The meeting was attended by Home Minister, Defence Minister, Health Minister, Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Delhi, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh along with respective Home Ministers, Health Ministers, Chief Secretaries, Health Secretaries, Home Secretaries and ... Read More »

Moving towards a vaccine to reduce yield loss due to diseases in rice

The team is developing new disease control strategies which they can use as vaccines that activate the rice immune system and provide resistance to rice plants from subsequent infections by pathogens. Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae, or commonly known as Xoo infection, cause huge yield losses to rice cultivation throughout the world. Treatment of rice with cellulase, a cell wall degrading ... Read More »

Parliament adjourns sine die, Monsoon Session cut short by 8 Days 

 During the monsoon session of the upper house 25 bills were cleared. Chairperson M Venkaiah Naidu said Rajya Sabha consistently recorded its highest productivity in the last four sessions and it was praiseworthy. Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die, eight days ahead of the scheduled end of the monsoon session, in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. In his valedictory address, LS Speaker ... Read More »